The Bad Old Days in Academe Weren’t So Bad

by George Leef

If you believe the rhetoric from academic leftists, today’s academy is much better than it used to be, because more “voices” are heard and no groups are “marginalized.”

One person who does not agree is Professor Paul Gottfried, who as a student had many radically leftist professors, including the famous Herbert Marcuse. While those professors held to ideas Gottfried disagreed with, he could nevertheless carry on rational debates with them. They didn’t brush off his arguments by impugning his motives or calling him names. Today’s faculty, he observes, is much less willing to engage in debate, much less interested in arguments, and much more inclined to brush aside dissent with cheap dodges.

Professor Gottfried explains his view on the intellectual degradation of the faculty in today’s Pope Center piece.